More than 500 volunteers will be out in force Wednesday, cleaning up Starkville in advance of the start of Mississippi State Universityâ€™s upcoming football season.
The seventh Get Swept Up event will get under way at 7 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Volunteers will pick up litter, remove weeds and trim growth along bike paths and sidewalks. This will be the second year participants will recycle items they collect.
Officials urge motorists to remain alert for volunteers working along Starkvilleâ€™s streets during these hours.
The event is the culmination of a month-long effort to encourage local residents to make needed repairs, perform landscape improvements and guide similar upgrades.
â€śWhat a great way to welcome visitors to our lovely community,â€ť said Tasha Hill, Greater Starkville Development Partnership special events coordinator.
She expressed gratitude for work of Project Coordinator Libby Gerald. â€śThis could not have been done withoutâ€ť Geraldâ€™s leadership, Hill said.
Even though signup for Wednesday is complete, people can still participate by sprucing up the neighborhoods and places of business, she said.
The Bulldogs start the 2010-11 campaign at home against the University of Memphis Saturday with a 6 p.m. kickoff.
For information on Get Swept Up, call 323-3322 or send an e-mail to GSDP Special Events Coordinator Tasha Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.